Casting News out the wazoo

Posted on 15 April 2009 by HansKlopek

Hey gang. We have a buttload of new casting news, so hold on tight.  Sally Hawkins and Oscar nom Richard Jenkins have chosen their next projects, and three more have joined the cast of Get Him to the Greek.

happygolucky_450x300Charlotte “Swimming Pool” Rampling and Hawkins, who many thought was robbed of an Oscar nom for Happy Go Lucky,   have just joined the cast of Never Let Me Go. The story centers around the relationship of three friends who meet in boarding school and whose love for one another is tested as they move into young adulthood. Kiera Knightly, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield have already signed on to play the young friends.

I gotta say, just based on how is involved in this project, I’m pretty stoked. It’s gonna be directed by Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo), adapted by Alex Garland (The Beach, 28 Days Later, Sunshine) from a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, whose novel, The Remains of the Day (which became the 1993 picture with Anthony Hopkins) is an absolute gem. All three of these guys are talented individuals with good track records, so I think this one will definitely be a keeper. Dark Horizons reports that filming began this week.

Newly anointed as the coolest guy on Earth, Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins has joined the cast of Eat, Pray, Love,jenkins2 based on the popular memoir of Elizabeth Gilbert about a woman who goes through an identity crisis and then sets out on a journey around the world to find herself. The woman will be played by none other than Julia Roberts. Jenkins is going to play a Texan that Roberts encounters along the way in India. Ryan “Running with Scissors” Murphy is writing and directing, Dark Horizons reports. Don’t know how I feel about this one. Jenkins adds some flavor, but Roberts takes some away.

The Hollywood Reporter uh, reports that Elizabeth “Mad Men” Moss, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, and Rose “Wicker Park” Byrne (God, I want to marry her) have joined the cast of Nicholas Stoller’s Get Him to the Greek, the Forgetting Sarah Marshall spinoff where an eager intern (Jonah Hill) has to get an out of control rock star (Russell Brand) to a gig at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. Moss is set to play Hill’s repressed girlfriend, Combs will play his boss, and Byrne his slightly unstable, Courtney Love-esque ex-girlfriend. This one is obviously going to be fun. I’m looking forward to it.

mcgonnagalAnd Variety reports that Rhys “Enduring Love” Ifans and Maggie Smith, whom we all know and love from the Harry Potter films, have joined the cast of Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang. I didn’t seen the first installment of this series, but I guess they felt like they hadn’t said enough, hence the sequel. Emma Thompson will reprise her role as the magical, Mary Poppins-like governess and will also pen the script. Ralph Fiennes is also in talks to make an uncredited cameo. Production should begin this summer. I’m not going to see this one, but it is good to know that Harry Potter isn’t the only kid’s series that can employ actors in Britain.

Anyway, that is all for now. Outie. All in all, some cool projects are currently in the works.                           

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